12th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy welcomes 27 community leaders

Staff Reports • Sep 22, 2017 at 5:46 PM

NASHVILLE – The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee kicked off its 12th Transit Citizen Leadership Academy on Wednesday at Music City Central.

The six-week program provides members with the resources they need to be leaders on the transit discussion in Middle Tennessee.

The first class was opened with remarks by Sabrina David, assistant division administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, and was highlighted by presentations from Toks Omishakin, deputy commissioner and chief of the environment and planning bureau for the Tennessee Department of Transportation; Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto; and Jo Ann Graves, president and CEO of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee.

The goal of the academy is to prepare participants to actively engage in the transit conversation. The class features a full schedule of expert speakers, and the 27 members will graduate as effective advocates of the transit discussion in Middle Tennessee. Nearly 280 Middle Tennesseans have graduated from the academy since it began in 2011.

Members of the class from Wilson County include Russell Brashear, assistant transportation director for Murfreesboro; Mark Hinesley, president of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce; and Cathy Territo, a realtor with Benchmark Realty.

“Our goal for the academy is educating regional leaders to join in the transit conversation in Middle Tennessee,” Graves said. “Their involvement is essential at this point in the conversation, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome 27 new members into our 12th class.”

The academy was made possible by Greater Nashville Realtors, the Memorial Foundation and the support of its contributors from across the state. The class will meet weekly through October.

There are many additional opportunities to get involved with the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. Visit its website to learn more about upcoming TCLA classes and ways to join the Tennessee transit conversation.

The Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee works with contributors, community officials and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Middle Tennessee. The purpose of the alliance is to educate, empower and mobilize policy to serve the entire region. Its mission is to build support for funding regional transit by mobilizing community leadership. Companies, organizations and individuals can be part of the Transit Alliance through public and private partnerships as well as sponsorship opportunities. One of the primary offerings of the Transit Alliance is the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy. More than 250 people have graduated from the academy. To apply for future Transit Citizen Leadership Academy classes, visit thetransitalliance.org/transit-academy. 

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